Local research and reports



time to get on Board: Building More Affordable Housing Near Rapid Transit Stations in Ottawa

Steve Pomeroy

This is a summary report of a session held at City Hall in Spring 2018 to identify potential policies to facilitate the construction of new affordable housing along Ottawa’s LRT corridors. The report offers further context on the role of the City, developers and social housing providers in transit oriented development, and provides a better understanding of community issues and concerns.

This report was prepared for The City of Ottawa, and was made possible with the generous support of Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, Healthy Transportation Coalition and the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa.


Housing, Shelter, and Safety:

Needs of Street-Level/Survival Sex Workers in Ottawa

Samantha McAleese & Lynette Schick

As part of the hidden homeless, street-level/survival sex workers are an extremely vulnerable, marginalized, and underserved population. Many are living in unsafe situations and do not often access traditional shelter or housing services in the city. This important study points to the intersecting barriers to housing that converge for street-level/survival sex workers; the success of low-barrier, person-centred approaches that work to meet survival sex workers “where they are”; and the importance of prioritizing and coordinating greater access to service models of this kind.

Additional resources include an Executive Summary of the report and Organizational Scan on an Estimate of the Number of Street-Level/Survival Sex Workers in Ottawa.

This report was made possible with the generous support of Crime Prevention Ottawa, and is a publication of the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa.


building bridges: Perspectives on youth homelessness from First Nations, Inuit and Métis, Newcomer, and LGBTQ2S+ youth in Ottawa

Corinne Sauvé, Charlotte Smith, Aya Fawzi, Tiffany Rose, Justin Langille, Kaite Burkholder-Harris, Jacqueline Kennelly

We can as a society strive to ensure that all youth, across all demographics, have access to safe housing with the unique supports that they require to remain stably housed. The recommendations outlined in this report are possible, and they are plausible, and long overdue.


Landlord Engagement ToolKit: A Guide to Working with Landlords in Housing FIrst Programs

Dr. Jennifer Rae & Dr. Tim Aubry

This toolkit is meant to be a practical “how to” guide to working with landlords in the context of a Housing First program. It will help program providers build effective, lasting relationships with landlords.


LGBTQ2S Adult Housing Needs Assessment

Dr. John Ecker

The report is prepared for Daybreak Non‐Profit Housing and the study received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The purpose of the needs assessment was to examine the housing and support needs of LGBTQ2S adults who have experienced homelessness. It is an important area of research, as there is a dearth of information on the topic and it is not known if LGBTQ2S adults feel supported in the current homeless and housing system.



New data shows that 73% of Ottawa rooming house residents have between one and three concurrent mental health disorders. Additionally, 55% are between the ages of 50 to 60. This data comes in today’s release of the 2017 report card on rooming houses from two community health centres: Somerset West and Centertown.


Examining the Dynamics of Canada’s Housing Tenure System: Implications for a National Housing Strategy

Steve Pomeroy & Greg Lampert

CHRA and the Canadian Home Builders Association, with the support of Genworth Canada, have released a new research report prepared by Steve Pomeroy and Greg Lampert entitled “Examining the Dynamics of Canada’s Housing Tenure System: Implications for a National Housing Strategy”. This report examines the full housing spectrum, and looks at policy changes and how policy impacts housing along the spectrum.